Vanuatu is undergoing its first Pacific Islands Forum peer review of gender and human rights policies and programmes this week.
The European Union is assisting the Forum with the initiative which began with a review of Nauru earlier this month.
The Forum said it was part of its commitment to strengthening governance systems across the region as well as the promotion of gender equality and human rights
The team said financing for gender equality was seen as essential for sustainable development and they would work with government departments to identify opportunities for such budgeting.
The review team consists of Tongan government Economist Ma'u 'Alipate Leha, Nauru Social Sector planner Branessa Tsiode and William Nainima who is a lawyer with the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre.
The third Peer Review will be held in Palau next month.